2014-15Regular SeasonRound 6
November 19, 2014 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 MAPOORO ARENA
Gran Canaria first to claim a Last 32 ticket

Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas became the first team to qualify for the Last 32 in the 2014-15 Eurocup campaign, after leading from start to finish to beat FoxTown Cantu on the road 63-80 on Wednesday. Gran Canaria improved to 6-0 atop of the Group B, and has a 5-game advantage over Cantu and Artland Dragons Quackenbrueck with 4 games to play. Gran Canaria had a double digit lead before the end of the first quarter, and a 4-22 spurt led the visitors to 10-29 lead which they comfortably held throughout the game. Kyle Kuric scored 14 points in victory, Walter Tavares and Brad Newley had 12 points plus 6 rebounds each, and Oriol Pauli scored 10. For Cantu, Darius Johnson-Odom had 14, and James Feldeine 10 points in defeat.

Gran Canaria wasted no time to take control at the start of the game. Txemi Urtasun hit from long distance, and Tavares strung together 6 points from close range, while Cantu got three-pointers from Awudu Abass and Johnson-Odom, 6-9 half way through the quarter. Newley hit a triple, and Mouhamed Barro scored on a fast break to extend the visitors’ lead. Despite Ivan Buva scoring a pair of baskets for the hosts, Tavares and Kuric from close range got Gran Canaria to 10-22 after 10 minutes. Gran Canaria opened the second quarter with a 0-7 run, capped with Newley's three-pointer for 10-29. Stefano Gentile hit a three for Cantu, and Eric Williams and Feldeine each had a dunk, but Kuric hit from long range for the visitors, and baskets from Pauli, Urtasun and Tavares helped Gran Canaria to 23-41 halftime lead.

Johnson-Odom with a jumper and Feldeine with a triple got Cantu to a good start in the third quarter, but Albert Oliver and Urtasun fueled a 2-11 run that extended the lead to 32-56. Marco Lagana hit back-to-back threes for Cantu, but Barro helped make it 40-59 after three quarters before Pauli with couple of baskets and Oliver with a triple extended it back to 42-66 early in the fourth, making sure the hosts don’t think of a comeback. Damian Hollis had a jumper, and he traded triples with Kuric, before a fastbreak dunk by Johnson-Odom and a three-pointer from Feldeine cut it to 56-71 with 4 minutes to go. But with big lead in hand, Gran Canaria closed out the game to stay perfect on the season and claim its place in the Last 32.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; ZASHCHUK, SERGEY; RODSAND, TORKILD
Attendance: 2711 (Tentative)
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FoxTown Cantu
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 36:02 14 4/10 1/5 3/4       4 3 3   1 1 6 11
4 FELDEINE, JAMES 34:01 10 2/5 2/6     4 4 5 3 4 1   2 2 12
5 ABASS, AWUDU 23:53 9 2/6 1/3 2/2 1 1 2 2 1 1     1 2 8
8 BLOISE, GIACOMO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 LAGANA, MARCO 14:40 8 1/6 2/4   1   1 1 2 2   1 2    
15 MASPERO, GIACOMO 3:21 2 1/1     1   1               3
16 MBODJ, CHEIKH 8:48 2 1/4     2 1 3       1   1   2
19 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 15:30   0/1     1 5 6   1       1   5
22 HOLLIS, DAMIAN 14:52 5 1/1 1/3     3 3 1 1 1     5 1 3
25 BUVA, IVAN 19:26 6 3/4 0/3   1 2 3   1 2     1 2 5
30 GENTILE, STEFANO 14:34 5   1/1 2/2           2       1 4
31 WILLIAMS, ERIC 14:53 2 1/1     1 4 5     2     5    
Team           2 1 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 63 16/39 8/25 7/8 10 21 31 13 12 18 2 2 19 14 55
        41% 32% 87.5%
Head coach: SACRIPANTI, PINO
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 OLIVER, ALBERT 16:37 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 4 2 1     3 2 10
5 BARRO, MOUHAMED 12:32 5 2/4   1/2   1 1   1 3     1 1 1
8 NEWLEY, BRAD 23:14 12 3/3 2/3   1 5 6   2       1 2 20
10 URTASUN, TXEMI 13:44 9 3/5 1/1     4 4 4 1 3         13
11 BELLAS, TOMAS 16:49   0/2           5 1 1     3 4 4
13 BAEZ, EULIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 KENDALL, LEVON 20:49 6 2/5   2/2 1 4 5 1 2 1 1   1 1 11
17 SANTANA, FABIO 6:34 2 1/1               1       1 2
21 PAULI, ORIOL 17:38 10 4/5   2/2   1 1 3   2   1 3 2 9
22 TAVARES, WALTER 27:58 12 6/8     1 5 6 1 1 2 1   1 1 17
24 KURIC, KYLE 29:34 14 3/6 2/5 2/4   2 2 3 1 1   1 1 4 13
35 SUMMERS, DAJUAN 14:31 2 1/2 0/3   1 2 3 3   1       1 4
Team           2 5 7               7
Totals 200:00 80 26/42 7/17 7/10 6 30 36 24 11 16 2 2 14 19 111
        61.9% 41.2% 70%
Head coach: GARCIA RENESES, AITO

Head Coaches

SACRIPANTI, PINO
FoxTown Cantu
"Tonight the game didn't go as we hoped: we played against a well-organized team, and to gain a victory we needed to have been at our best, playing 100% of our capabilities. But things didn't go this way, first of all because of their excellent preparation, but also because we were very tired, especially after the tough game we played on Sunday. We suffered a lack of mental and physical energy, and this can't happen when you play against the leading team in our group. Now we're going to do our best to make our run in this competition continue. "
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas
"We played a very good game: we played a smooth attack and were concrete on defense. Surely the great number of counterattack we made allowed us able to get this great victory. "

Players

LAGANA, MARCO
FoxTown Cantu
"I'm happy, because tonight I finally had the chance to make my debut in this new adventure. Unfortunately my comeback coincided with our defeat to Gran Canaria, but it has to be said that they are a great team, with a lot of experience and a concrete offensive ability. "
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